Are you ready for some CMLL previewing?! Yes sports fans, the hour has arrived on this Thursday afternoon for me to break down tomorrow’s Super Viernes show. The good news; it’s not taking place in Saudi Arabia! The bad news; everything else. Alright not quite true; CMLL is putting on another cibernetico this week to lead into the Dia de Muertos show next Friday and it looks to have a shot at being the best of the recent batch of ciber’s we’ve gotten. Everything else though feels colder than a wedge, yet another sign of how CMLL has gone from being super cool to super “whatever man” in the last few months. But let’s not dwell on that shall we? There’ll be plenty of time to do that over the next 1450+ words! Onto the preview.
Príncipe Diamante & Star Jr. vs. Misterioso Jr. & Sagrado
What to Expect: I’ll say this much; before last week I would’ve said there was no hope. After last week, where Misterioso looked the best he’s looked since the release of Red Dead Redemption, there’s at least a glimmer. But that’s all. I highly doubt Misterioso will be bringing the effort he did last week, Sagrado seems to be caring less and less these days and that can only mean so much for two talented dudes in Diamante and Star Jr. It’ll be a better than opener than usual, but only because the talent is better than usual. Beyond that it’ll be very much the same old depressing story.
Winners: Like you even need to ask! The rudos take this in three falls as both Diamante and Star Jr. wonder what life could’ve been like if they had just gotten booked on this week’s Tuesday show. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.
Drone, Fuego, Pegasso vs. Dragón Rojo Jr., Okumura, Pólvora
What to Expect: Yet another match that makes you wonder what it could’ve been if it only took place last week. In fairness to Dragón Rojo, he’s far more likely to reach his level of performance from last week than Misterioso is (mainly because he’s just better). But I don’t see him putting in the same effort he did last week either, which means we’re looking at a solid, if slightly unspectacular, rudo team taking on a solid, if slightly unspectacular, technico team. The only notable things about it are that Drone and Fuego are around, and that’s only because a) I can’t remember the last time Drone was on a Friday show and b) Fuego made statements about CMLL recently that seemed destined to get him sent to the same deserted island Raziel is stuck on. So yeah; not a whole lot to see here sports fans. Much like the teams I think we can expect a solid, if slightly unspectacular, affair.
Winners: Too close to call and hello Canadian Dollar my old friend! You know the drill; heads technicos, moose rudos…and it’s MOOSE! GET OUT THE WAY! GET OUT THE WAY! The rudos take it in three falls.
Rey del Inframundo Cibernetico
Audaz vs. Black Panther vs. Cuatrero vs. Esfinge vs. Flyer vs. Forastero vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Kawato San vs. Templario vs. Tiger vs. Tritón vs. Virus
What to Expect: Code Anakin! CODE ANAKIN!
Alright look sports fans; on the one hand CMLL is definitely getting a little too cibernetico happy these days, something that hurt them (and the numerous ciberneticos) they did around this time last year. On the other hand this match looks excellent and could easily be better than both the Grand Prix and even last week’s really strong Copa Halcón Suriano. Just look at the talent here. Even last week you could argue there were a few guys that we all could’ve lived without. This week only Esfinge and Kawato really stand out as “iffy” participants and even then both guys have been looking better as of late (that sound you hear is me gagging at giving Esfinge credit). Everyone else is either really good (Black Panther, Maya, Tiger), great (Cuatrero, Flyer, Forastero, Tritón), gentlemen and scholars of the highest order (Templario, Virus) or Audaz (Audaz). That’s one hell of a field, and they have a great price to fight for in the form of getting to face Sansón next week on the Friday Dia de Muertos show. CMLL can literally go to anyone but Esfinge and they won’t miss! That’s very exciting stuff and I anticipate this match will more than live up to the hype. Look for a ton of cool dives, an incredible pace and Audaz doing at least one thing that makes you question whether we are living in a world that still has gravity.
Winner: Don’t let this field fool you sports fans. It looks wide open but frankly I only see Audaz, Flyer, Templario or Virus having a real shot; the rest of the field is either guys CMLL is never going to seriously push (Black Panther, Maya, Tiger, Tritón), guys who even CMLL knows better than to push past a certain level (Esfinge, Kawato) or relatives of Sansón (Cuatrero and Forastero). So who out of the four? Templario and Virus are both rudos so while it wouldn’t shock me (especially since Virus’ gimmick fits the Dia de Muertos theme) it would be weird for CMLL to go with an all rudo match. That leaves Audaz and Flyer, and as much as I love Flyer he’s a) already won a few things this year and b) he hasn’t caught fire like Audaz has. Thus, look for Audaz to get his first big CMLL victory by winning this cibernetico, likely defeating Templario in the final pairing.
Ángel de Oro, Mistico, Niebla Roja vs. Cavernario, Dark Magic, Negro Casas
What to Expect: This might be the second best match on this show. Boy does that speak volumes about this show! Alright in fairness the only blemish here is Dark Magic. And Dark Magic isn’t even someone I’d say is bad; he’s just new. For all we know there’s a bunch of talent in there and he’ll be turning into the next Sam Adonis before we know it. After him though you have the really talented pairing of Cavernario and Casas and a really good technico team for them to work with. There’s also the continued beef between Casas and Mistico to keep an eye on; they’ve been feuding a bit recently and it’s never too early to speculate about a potential New Years Day Apuesta match between the two. There are probably sexier matches CMLL could’ve put in this spot but overall this has potential and I’d expect it’ll be fairly solid unless CMLL’s CMLL-ness gets in the way.
Winners: Another too close to call scenario. Take thy wheel Canadian Coin of Hope and Despair…yeah I don’t know what that was about either. Anyways, heads technicos, moose rudos…and its heads! The technicos take it in three falls.
Carístico, Diamante Azul, Valiente vs. Bestia del Ring, Rush, Terrible
What to Expect: I know this much; after last week’s by the numbers Ingobernables main event I’m setting my expectations to middling with a side of eye rolls.
Seriously sports fans; why this main event?! We know how this is going to go; beat down, followed by more beat downs, followed by way too much Bestia del Ring, followed by a comeback, followed by a by the numbers final fall, followed by me wishing it was Heroes Inmortales day already. And that’s sad because that main event is still Jeff Jarrett vs. Dr. Wagner Jr.! Maybe I’m being too harsh on this bad boy but after CMLL just completely wasted Pentagon a week ago I think that’s the right tone to take. It doesn’t help that none of the matches that could be set up from this are helpful (MAYBE Carístico vs. Rush but even then it’s iffy) and that Rush is starting to look less like the guy who feuded with LA Park in the summer and more like the guy who looked like he was bored out of his mind last year. There’s just no appeal to this match and the only hope is CMLL has me in a good enough mood by the time we hit it (thanks to the cibernetico and the semi-main) that I may enjoy the whole thing. Knowing CMLL, I’m guessing that’s a long shot.
Winners: Technicos win in three falls after the Ingobernables are DQ’d. Thank you and please drive home safe.
There you have it sports fans. I’m off to return some video tapes, play some Spider-Man and not take millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. I’ll be back tomorrow with a Live Review of this shindig. TILL THEN!
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